Ossining will face Bishop Ford tonight at 6:45 p.m. I will have live updates from the Times Union Center here and on Twitter: @philterrigno
Bishop Ford dominated 15-time defending PSAL champion Murry Bergtraum Friday. The NY Daily News covered the game and you can read a game story by clicking here.
Ford has been in the news of late because of their coach, Mike Toro. Here’s an excerpt from the above story:
“Bishop Ford was playing without head coach Mike Toro, who was suspended by his own school while it continues to investigate the possibility that Toro provided financial benefits to his players. The school’s two athletic directors, Pete Goyco and Eileen Egan, were also suspended as part of the probe. The team has used the loss of Toro as a rallying cry two win the program’s first CHSAA Class AA Brooklyn/Queens championship and a CHSAA state title.”
Bishop Ford won the CHSAA title by downing Bishop Loughlin. I will have more on Ford as we get closer to tip off tonight.
By Mike Zacchio
The Bulldogs, who will be seeking their third girls basketball state Federation title in four years, will take to the court with one of the most dominant duos in the area for the final time.
Seniors Brittni Lai (shown here) and Lexi Martins will both play at the Division I level next season, and are, respectively, the top female point scorers to ever come through Irvington.
Martins, who will attend Lehigh in the fall, is the highest-scoring female player in program history with 1,837 points. The forward-center is also the program’s leading rebounder with 1,463 boards.
Lai, who will attend Marist, enters Sunday’s game with 1,874 points. The fifth-year varsity player scored 668 points during her eighth grade and freshman seasons at Edgemont before transferring to Irvington.
“It will be exciting to see them play,” Irvington coach Gina Maher said of their final game. “It’s exciting, it’s sad — there’s a lot of mixed feelings.”
The Bulldogs (23-2) will play the winner of the game between CHSAA champion Cardinal O’Hara (27-1) and PSAL champion Scholars Academy (19-0) in the Federation final Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Maher, the winningest coach in Section 1 history, has started to lay the foundation for the next generation of Bulldogs with seven players on the roster who are sophomores or younger.
Irvington currently has three pairs of sisters on the roster, including the younger sisters of three current starters (Alyssa DiCampli, Lauren Chafizadeh, Ryan McMahon). If they can perform at anywhere near the same level as their big sisters, the Bulldogs’ dynasty could continue .
“I’m very optimistic,” Maher said . “They’ve learned a lot, and they’ve played against some of the best teams in the section. … We’re just going to try and keep the tradition going.”
Of the three elder sisters, only Chafizadeh will return next year. As the only returning starter, the guard will have the bulk of the responsibility, along with classmate Laurilyn Gelardi.
After three years on the varsity, Chafizadeh is up for the challenge.
“(The seniors) taught us so well on leadership and what it means to be captains,” she said.
Given the success Irvington has had in recent years, one hurdle could be coming back to earth.
“It’s a new challenge to overcome,” Chafizadeh said. “We’re just going to stick with the same traditions and continue to take every part (of the season) very seriously.”
With their most recent Class B state championship, the Bulldogs matched Lourdes as the only Section 1 team, boys or girls, to win four consecutive state titles. The Warriors did it twice, from 1992-95 in Class C, and again from 1999-2002 in Class B.
Class B Federation final
Irvington (23-2) vs. winner of Cardinal O’Hara (27-1)-Scholars Academy (19-0)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Times Union Center, Albany